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Donley County Obituaries
2003

Source: Amarillo Globe-News

April 2003

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Jack Thomas Leeper

CLARENDON - Jack Thomas Leeper, 67, died Tuesday, April 8, 2003, in Amarillo.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Community Fellowship Church in Clarendon with the Rev. Bryan Knowles, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Citizens Cemetery by Robertson Funeral Directors.

Mr. Leeper was born Jan. 29, 1936, in Washburn, and had been a resident of Donley County most of his life. He married Scharlett Sue Banister on May 22, 1958, in Hedley. He was employed by Texas Department of Transportation for 27 years before retiring as an assistant supervisor in 1998.

He was a member and deacon of Community Fellowship Church. He had also served as a deacon of Martin Baptist and First Baptist churches. He was music director at Martin Baptist Church for 15 years and had served as music director at many revivals, and provided special music for many other events.

He was preceded in death by twin daughters, Lonna Sue and Donna Lou in 1961; his parents; a sister; and a brother.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Anna Gay Leeper of Friona, Scharla Miller of Claude; two sons, Tommy Leeper and Bryan Leeper, both of Clarendon; a sister, Lafern Gibson of New Jersey; three brothers, Wilburn Leeper of Quitaque, Benny Leeper of Belton, Verrell Leeper of Kansas; and eight grandchildren.

Amarillo Globe-News, April 9, 2003

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Marie Reynolds McCracken
 
CLARENDON - Marie Reynolds McCracken, 91, died Saturday, April 12, 2003, in Amarillo.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Robertson Chapel of Memories with the Rev. Bryan Knowles, pastor of Community Fellowship Church, and the Rev. Darrell Burton, pastor of Martin Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Citizens Cemetery by Robertson Funeral Directors Inc.

Mrs. McCracken was born Aug. 5, 1911, in Clark County, Ark. She had been a resident of Alanreed before moving to Clarendon 30 years ago. She married George McCracken on Nov. 7, 1931, in Clarendon. She graduated from Groom Medical Nursing School and had worked as an LVN for 26 years at Groom, Shamrock and McClean hospitals.

She retired from the McLean hospital after 13 years of service and then worked at Medical Center Nursing Home in Clarendon for six years before her final retirement. She was a member of the LVN Association and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She volunteered for Meals on Wheels for several years and was a member of Martin Baptist Church.

Casket bearers will be her grandsons.

She was preceded in death by her husband on May 2, 1964; a daughter, Patsy McCracken Cox in 1987; two sons, Bobby Lee McCracken in 1932 and George Dale McCracken in 1934; three sisters; and five brothers.

Survivors include a daughter, Peggy Cockerham of Howardwick; a son, Ronald McCracken of Houston; two sisters, Lorene McAnear of Clarendon and Martiel Webb of Amarillo; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Amarillo Globe-News, April 13, 2003

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Kenneth J. Durham

CLARENDON - Kenneth J. Durham, 78, died Monday April 14, 2003, in Amarillo.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Llano Cemetery with the Rev. Darrell Burton, pastor of Martin Baptist Church in Clarendon, officiating. Arrangements are by Rector Funeral Home of Amarillo, 2800 S. Osage St.

Mr. Durham was born in Brashears, Mo. He moved to Clarendon in 1998 from Iowa. He worked in construction for many years and was an Army veteran of World War II.

Survivors include two daughters, Christine Emerson of Valencia, Calif., and Cindy Alpers of Santa Ynez, Calif.; four sisters; four brothers; and 6 grandchildren.

Amarillo Globe-News, April 15, 2003

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Olace Hicks

CLARENDON - Olace Hicks, 85, died Friday, April 25, 2003 in Amarillo.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today in Community Fellowship Church with the Rev. Bryan Knowles pastor, Bright Newhouse, minister of Hedley Church of Christ, and the Rev. James Ivey Edwards, pastor of First United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Citizens Cemetery by Robertson Funeral Directors.

Mr. Hicks was born June 6, 1917, in Fannin County and had been a resident of Clarendon since 1947. He married Billie Blanche Fedric on July 25, 1938, in Cone. She preceded him in death on Oct. 25, 1989.

He married Madelyn Amey Jones on Nov. 10, 1992, in Clarendon. He was a heavy-equipment operator involved in road construction for most of his life prior to his retirement.

He was a Navy veteran of World War II and was a member of Clarendon VFW Post No. 7782. He was a member of the Donley County Senior Citizens Association and the Senior Citizens Dance Club.

He was a former deacon in the Martin Baptist and First Baptist Churches and was a former Donley County commissioner. He was a member of the Community Fellowship Church in Clarendon.

Casketbearers will be Steve Reynolds, Delmar Wiggs, Bud White, Nelson Christie, Johnny Davis and Will Chamberlain.

Honorary bearers will be Steve Fedric and Al Musgrove.

He was preceded in death by his first wife; four sisters; two brothers; a half-sister; and a grandson, David Wayne Hicks.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Loretta Harrison of Amarillo; a stepdaughter, Pat Sellers and husband, Michael, of Houston; two sons, Jerry Hicks and wife, Mary John, of Quail, and Larry Hicks and wife, Donna, of Clarendon; a stepson, Robert E. Jones Jr. and wife, Donna, of Vienna, Va.; nine grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and five step-great-grandchildren.

Amarillo Globe-News, April 27, 2003

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